Bay of Biscay - What Fun

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  1. Jim

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    A 25ft swell made for an uncomfortable crossing on Sunday night. A couple of bottles of red, smoothed the bumps out for me and Siân, but little Katie felt each one, bless her. Arriving in Santander very late, the Captain apologised for the 'unkind water" and wished for better on our return. Landing very late and then for some reason being locked in the port for an hour meant we got to Salamanca last night just before it got dark.

    The wind picked up and the RV has been doing it's best boat impression all night. Though Katie has slept through, maybe she snuck some wine with her supper. The plan is to make the short hop to Portugal after lunch.

    The Bay of Biscay for us is always mirror smooth or horrendous, seems it has no in-betweens. :)
     
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    :sick:
     
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  3. Debs

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    :sick:Oh no, you have my sympathy, I'm not a good sailor:sick: hopefully the wind will drop & the sun will shine......:)
     
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    Reminds me of the ferry crossing we had from Denmark to Bergen - was like a roller coaster. I'm not a good sailer and took a gamble on a smooth crossing.
    Hopefully you'll have better luck on the way back
     
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  5. The gasman

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    Often taken the ferry when we were on the harley, never had a good time. Always drive down now.
     
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    mirror smooth is freaky in the bay. Only been through it once when in the Navy when it was like that and everyone one board was on edge

    No noise anywhere just the bow waves noise on the hull...not even engine noise

    Next time was a freak storm and ripped a load of stuff off the upper deck...much prefer the latter!
     
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    Glad you landed safely Jim.

    I have only done 2 ferry crossings and both were rough. The first one was to Jersey and we got held out at sea for over 24 hours. I absolutely loved it. I spent quite a few hours in the bar at the front watching the waves crash over the front of the ship and over the bar windows. I didn't have a cabin so walking back down the corridors to find some where to put my head down for a bit was funny as I didn't know how much of my stagger was wave induced and how much was beer induced. Sleeping in a corridor was fun as I kept being rolled over it was that bad.

    Too old for that kind of fun these days and will always take the tunnel.
     
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  8. Jim

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    Wasn't quite as bad as this

     
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    I feel for Katie as I am a crap sailor. Was sick as a dog once just on a Calais crossing and that was before we had even left the port! Hopefully she will be feeling better by now and you all enjoy the well deserved holiday.
     
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    shoddy securing for sea or what!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Oh what fun ................
     
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    We did that crossing coming back in the spring, put me off for years. We are in france now driving down. Much nicer although a lot slower. But we have The time, being retired.
     
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    When I was a young teenager my father decided we had to go & live in SA, we went by big boat, everyone was sick in the Bay of Biscay except me & my brother-we were the only ones not to miss a meal!
    Few years ago on a ferry from Isle of Mann we had a rough crossing, I wasn't sick but I didn't feel good!
    Poor Katie, know how she felt!
     
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    I assume you were on the Pont Aven from Plymouth? We were on it Sunday morning coming from Roscoff. You may have noticied I left it tidy for you.

    We did have a very smooth crossing but I think we just snuck in before the low hit.

    Rough weather makes for poor whale-watching, you should ask for a partial refund. :)
     
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    We thought we would try this route on our way down next month. Have to admit that despite us both being pretty good sailors I'm just a tad nervous about the Bay in November, the odds are against us as all our ferry trips over recent years have been very smooth :rolleyes:.
     
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    But it's behind you now and at least your heading for the sun and a bit of warmth! Hope Katie feels better and that you all have a wonderful time. (y)
     
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    Look on the positive side Jim - there must have been some spectacular surfing waves in Biarritz.
     
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    Thats why we use the tunnel I hate ferrys they always make me feel sick

    Hope you have a good trip
     
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    Where are you staying at Salamanca? We stayed at Don Quixote camp site because we could not find an Aire anywhere near. Got a good bus connection into the city, which is well worth a visit for the sites and the tapas.

    From there we crossed into Portugal via Cacares and spent a good night at the Aire at Marvao. Breathtaking views from the Aire and a beautiful little fortified hill village 5 minutes walk away.
     
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